Back in the Philippines, Darryl Ebora was only earning a P10,000 monthly salary, an amount which is difficult to budget, especially with the growing needs of the family. Darryl decided to find a greener pasture in New Zealand and eventually landed a job that pays more than P100,000 a month.
The 35-year-old Filipino from Mindoro went to four different countries to find the job that befits him. When he went to New Zealand, he worked as an insulation installer and is being paid a huge salary every month.
However, the job isn’t very easy. Darryl had to go across small openings in the ceilings or under the floor of the house just to install the insulation to prevent the heat or cold air into the house.
On ordinary days, Darryl and his team usually install insulation on three houses and it takes four hours for the installation. Every month, Darryl receives a salary of 5,000 New Zealand dollars or P180,000 per month.
Despite the relatively huge salary, the work of Darryl is dangerous. To ensure his protection, Darryl usually wears a protective suit that is very uncomfortable alongside gloves and a mask.
Although he also works as an insulation installer in the other countries that he had been to, he encountered the hardest situation in New Zealand.
Despite all the hardships, Darryl chose to push through with his job, hoping to provide a better life for his family in the Philippines. He also recalled one incident that almost took his life.
“Paghiwa ko sa part ng insulation biglang lumiwanag yung buong cieling, tapos nangamoy welding. Buti na lang may ano ako, rubber gloves and nakahawak ako sa plastic part nung knife kaya yun buhay pa,” says Darryl.